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Claire Karabatsos new European Longboard Champion

Claire Karabatsos : photo Dimulle/ASPEurope.com

Nokia Biarritz Surf Festival

Voodoo Dolls Women Longboard
EPSA 2 star womens event
Cote des Basques, Biarritz, France
10 - 18 July 2004

Claire Karabatsos wins Voodoo Dolls Womens Longboard Championship .

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 July 2004: - - After the last heat of the round of 32 could be ran for the International Champioships, the Voodoo Dolls Women Longboard Contest** Final was held in unexpected conditions offering the girls all they needed to express their surf.

After a week of bad or flat waves, it was a real pleasure to watch all the surfers in the evening. The amazed crowd enjoyed the show encouraging the four european finalists before the heat during the presentation on the main podium.

Claire Karabatsos (Fra), EPSA Champion '03, paddled into the first wave from the far outside, but her wave shut down and even if she managed to pass the closed section nothing more than 3.00 pts appeared on the speaker's screen.

The first fifteen minutes brang nothing spectacular as the girls scored really low scores despite the waves could be exploited a lot more. Deanne Ashmore led the heat with a 5.50 pointer until Estitxu Estremo (Euk) finally got a 7.25 pointer changing the situation.

Estitxu Estrimo : photo Dimulle/ASPEurope.com

Nina Blake (Jey) missed her final; she had shown good skills during the week but she just didn't get the connecting righthanders whereas Claire Karabatsos rushed-up to the last fifty seconds scoring an 8.25 pts wave grabbing the European crown at the end of the 25-minute decider.

Official results
1. Claire Karabatsos (Fra) 11.95 pts
2. Estitxu Estremo (Euk) 11.50 pts
3. Deanne Ashmore (GB) 10.35 pts
4. Nina Blake (Jey) 9.80 pts

The new European Champion is Claire Karabatsos from France, and luckuly the finals were held in good 3-4 ft conditions. Congratulations to our winner and see you next year for some more action with the best Europeans.